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April Wrap Up & May TBR!

Hi everyone, hope you’re all doing well sorry I’ve been away so long part of the reason is I’ve been without internet for six weeks, barely even a bit of patchy 4G where I live it’s been an emotional roller coaster. 

My line was finally fixed yesterday and it feels so good not have to stand at the top of the stairs wave my phone around *head in hands* crying I know this is where the 4G is.

I don’t know about you guys but I have been trying to read a little bit more than usual and be proactive with my reading during these crazy times. I plan to get around to reading a few books that have been on my TBR for longer than I would care to admit, so my reading list is looking a bit hefty at the moment.

This month I have read some (mostly) great books:

I started April reading The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare her third series within her Shadowhunter world. I have been putting off this series for sometime now. Not for any negative reasons, I really enjoy reading Shadowhunter books and Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite YA authors so I think having a whole series waiting for me for when I was ready instead of having to wait years for the next book in an on going series to come out made a sort of sense. Lady Midnight is definitely my favourite opener of all Cassandra Clare’s books and the Dark Artifices definitely has the most solid world as the other books have provided such a solid foundation for the series to continue. (And there’s fairies, that’s always a big selling point for me.)

Lady Midnight ☆☆☆

Lord of Shadows ☆☆☆☆

Queen of Air and Darkness ☆☆☆☆

Later on in the month I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow firstly take a look at the cover it’s stunning, Orbit having been coming out with some beautiful cover art recently. This is what originally drew me to the book in the first place, I’m such a magpie when it comes to beautiful cover art but this one really blew me away. I’m going to do a full review on this so won’t go into it to deeply. Set in the 1900s it follows January the young ward of a wealthy gentleman, her life changes for ever when she finds a very unique book. It’s very well executed debut with a strong, well fleshed out woman of colour as the main protagonist. This book is an interesting read would definitely recommend if you’re a fan of portal fantasy.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January ☆☆☆

The final books I read this month were Pax by Sara PennyPacker and Transcendence by Shay Savage. Pax is a middle grade book about a boy and his fox, the boy is made by is Father to leave his fox on the side of the road, this is the journey of the boys heartbreak and regret as he journeys  back to Pax as Pax waits for his boy. The concept of this book was interesting but my main issue was who was this story really for? The narrative structure was that of a middle grade book but the content was really quite mature. In the end it was bit of slog which was a shame as this book isn’t even 300 pages.

Pax ☆☆

Transcendence seems from other reviews I’ve read online a pretty popular self published novel about a caveman who falls in love with a woman from the 21st century when she accidentally time travels to his time. i was looking for a light, fun, romance novel and this definitely is that but this one just wasn’t for me-  DNF.

I have some fun reading plans for the month of May I won’t reveal my whole TBR as I like to keep things pretty open. But I am going to be involved in the blog tour for the Jane Austen society in June so that’s top of my TBR and it has also encouraged me to add Emma by Jane Austen to by reading list, also I plan to read Crescent City by Sarah J Maas and Daisy Jones and the Six, Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare and Fleabag by Pheobe Waller Bridge.

Currently Reading: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore I’m only about 70 pages in but so far this is a really fun regency romp with a Darcy and Elizabeth vibe to it.

That it now, happy reading and i’ll see you next time.

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Reading Slumps, October, Writing and my TBR!

Reading or lack of…

This past couple of months has been a hard one from a reading perspective I have been a very big reading slump. I hate reading slumps, they’re so frustrating but they do happen to me now and again. I have always found that the right book normally gets me through and I have hunted high and low for THAT book to get me through my slump but it took me longer than normal to find it, so I have been suffering a bit of a drought. So September and the beginning of October was a bit dry on the reading front.

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But I have recently started reading The Lesser Bohemians a novel about a drama student with an older lover- I loved the concept of the book when I first heard about it and now I have started reading it, it has the most interesting narrative structure.

Written in the form of prose, The Lesser Bohemians is more like a 300-page poem than a novel but it is beautifully written and the story is really interesting and I can’t wait to read more!

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Now I am back in the reading swing of things I have some really interesting books on my TBR pile but I am particularly excited about The Muse and The Essex Serpent which I cannot wait to get too!

Writing…

Another reason for my lack of reading is my writing.

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For those of you who don’t know, I am currently writing the first draft of my first book The Girl Who Fell Out of the Ocean which is available of Wattpad (I’m @paintandbutterflies). I am close to the end now with the last few chapters to go, and while writing my first novel has been a real learning curve I am looking forward to having my whole story (well the first draft) done so I can concentrate on a serious edit.

How has your Autumn reading been going? Got any new and interesting books on your TBR?

See you next time guys,

Happy reading and writing everyone xx

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March Wrap Up & April TBR

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Hi Guys and welcome to my March Wrap Up and April TBR- March has been both a successful and unsuccessful reading month, successful in the sense of I read some really great books but unsuccessful in the sense I only read three of them.

My March Reads

the girls emma cline

The Girls by Emma Cline is a really interesting piece of literary fiction which tells the story of the Manson Killings from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old girl. To read my full review click the link above, I rated the girls 3/5 stars.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles) is a science fiction re-telling of Cinderella. Cinderella (Cinder) is a Cyborg this ongoing series is a romp which I definitely plan on continuing with. I gave Cinder 3/5 stars!

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger is a time travel young adult novel with an interesting premise but when it came down to the nitty gritty it wasn’t for me. To read my full review click above, I gave this 2/5 stars!

April TBR

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As a rule, I do like to keep my TBR pretty open because as my mood changes what I like to read changes  but I do have a few books I would like to get through this April.

Currently reading

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Ever since the release of Lady Midnight I have been reminded how behind I am with The Shadow Hunter Chronicles. I have read the Infernal Devices but only the first three of The Mortal Instruments so this month I am attempting to play catch up!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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All part of my Shadowhunters catch up plan!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman

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I was never particularly interested in this and then I saw the movie trailer for the adaptation of the novel which is being released this year and MAY have been brought to tears.

Scarlett by Marrissa Meyer

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I have recently finished Cinder and cannot wait to jump into book 2 of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak

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I have started this book a few times but this month is finally the month.

I hope you have enjoyed my March Wrap up and April TBR!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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October TBR

October is one of those months which is great for theme reading and I would love to make this a October a wicked one.

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Those spooky reads really get me in the mood for the month but I am already committed to quite a few ARCs and challenges, series and things so it won’t be as a spooky heavy month as I would like. So in the spirit in keeping October and Halloween  here is my slightly creepy, a little too long, but hopefully I will get round to most of them, October TBR. 🙂 But as always I’m sure I will pick up quite a few things that aren’t on the list.

Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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For some reason I HAD to re-read Clockwork Angel in September I love this series and now I have started the re-read I have been sucked back into that Shadow Hunter world and want to see it through to the bitter end. But I forgot about the feels guys, all the feels… If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices what are you still doing here go, go now and read! (Maybe finish reading my post first though 🙂

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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I have been seeing this book around for so long and now I’m in the perfect mood for a real World War Two historical fiction epic.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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In the spirit of creepy reads a YA novel based around antique photographs sounds like it fits the bill to me. This is one of those series that I have been meaning to read for a while and with the film on its way and the third book out this October seems to be the perfect time, I just hope it lives up to the hype.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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I have see the film adaptation version of this staring Daniel Radcliff a few times and anyone who has seen that film knows it’s creepy. Also though it was really enjoyable and when I found out it was based on a book (and not just a stage play) a bought a copy of the book I think it was last October actually and never got round to reading it so I plan to get to it this October and hopefully I enjoy it as much as I did when watching the film.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

I have just received this as an ARC thanks to NetGalley and am really excited to get to it, this book revolves round the Bronte sisters and is described as a novel of romance and intrigue. While one sister Branwell slips into madness the sisters feel their lives slipping away and must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations. This sounds fantastic! Entering the world of the Bronte sisters, authors of books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I’m hoping this is going to be a real treat!

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Really looking forward to reading this as part as my The Problem of Susan Challenge to find out more about the challenge and The Problem of Susan click here or to read my review of The Magicians Nephew book 1 in the Chronicles of Narnia click here.

I’m already half way through Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, hopefully it’s going to be a great reading month. Happy Reading Everyone! x

Confessions of a Mood Reader

I’ve been thinking recently how what I read is greatly influenced by my mood, I am always trying to push myself when it comes to my reading but if I don’t feel like reading that genre then I just can’t do it.

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For example my TBR pile is a mess, with books I have bought, challenges, ARC requests just everything even books that have been sitting there lonely and undiscovered for far to long. So when pondering which book to pick up next I normally open and close a few things (close quite a few) and fling myself over my bed in a helpless manor as if I am never going to be able decided. The choice is to great, the mountain to high I may as well face it I AM NEVER READING AGAIN. Okay so maybe this is slightly over dramatic and I really should do something about my mountainous TBR if it is resulting in behaviour suitable of a teenage drama queen.

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Normally when in this mood – suitable for a TBR shaming blog post I pause and think what do I want to read, what draws me in. And normally I am in the mood for a very specific genre and when this happens nothing else will do. Classics forget about it, YA no way, I am currently in the mood for Sci-Fi/Romance (not to get to specific) which has resulted me reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer (This is a book I’ve read before!) But the heart wants what it wants, I enjoy watching my TBR decrease and blitzing my way through my Goodreads reading challenge but reading is also for enjoyment so I guess I’m just going to read what makes me happy.

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On the up side I’ve never reviewed The Host before so there’s a little something to look forward to, hope that wasn’t to ranty for you and you’re all having a good weekend.

Mel and jared

Chloe x